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Grades 4-6

How to Use Class Pen Pals

How to Use Class Pen Pals

Do you remember a time before computers and email when people actually had to write letters to send written communication? For today’s elementary school generation, there has never been a time when email, video conferencing, and text messaging wasn’t the norm.  Yet, there’s something to be said for old-school communication and the benefits it had.
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How to Teach Parts of Speech

How to Teach Parts of Speech

Understanding the parts of speech is vital for students as they move toward more complex writing skills.  Thankfully, teaching them about the different parts of speech can be a lot of fun.  Through interactive and engaging lessons, your students will quickly pick up on the parts of speech.  Try the ideas below to get started!


What’s The Purpose? 15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

What’s The Purpose?  15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

Identifying an author’s purpose for writing can be a tricky skill for some students.  Help them out by providing opportunities to write in different ways.  The ideas below offer some quick and easy ways to reinforce the difference between writing to inform, entertain, and persuade.  They’re perfect to use in your classroom writing center or
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Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Science fills kids with wonder and excitement about the world around them.  What is a rainbow? How does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?  The end of the school year is the perfect time to break out those last minute science experiments and activities that will leave your students thirsting for more exploration over the
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Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

  Looking for a fun end of the year celebration idea that really focuses on what students have learned?  This idea from Charlene, a 4th Grade Teacher, from Washington, PA, showcases students’ understanding of literature.  Start working on it now and invite parents and other classes to tour your “Literary Wax Museum” before the last
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Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment

Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment

Ah, Spring!  It is getting to be the time of year when students would much rather be running around outside than sitting in a classroom.  While spending the day outdoors may not be an option, a fun chemistry science experiment can get them out of their seats and actively engaged.  Students love STEM activities and
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Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

  by Steve Reifman My classroom’s daily Reading Workshop period consists of several components: mini-lessons that aim to build students’ comprehension skills, independent reading time, partner reading time, and word work that addresses spelling, grammar, and other language conventions and standards. This article focuses on how I structure the work my students do during their
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National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

In 2013, 41% of teachers surveyed in an independent study by Really Good Stuff indicated that they no longer teach cursive handwriting in the classroom.  Increasing pressure to focus on tested subject areas, as well as the elimination of cursive handwriting from individual state requirements and Common Core State Standards assessments have made it a
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Making Science Fun: How to Make a Prism

Making Science Fun:  How to Make a Prism

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are hot topics and areas of focus in the education community.  No matter what grade you teach, expect there to be a strong emphasis on these subjects throughout the school year.  In the midst of pursuing these high academic goals, it is important to remember that learning should be
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How to Set Reading Goals with Students

How to Set Reading Goals with Students

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the hard truth is that most children do not.  In fact, according to the National Education Association: Only 53 percent of children ages three to five
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